Monthly Archives: January 2013

Broken Spanish in the Daytime

Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida – It’s been a long time since the last album by this band. They reformed in the early aughts and put out New Roman Times, but it’s been more than eight years since then, … Continue reading

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I’m Hunting Anthwopomowphic Wabbits

I’ve discussed the issue of cartoon anthropomorphism with Disney, but it seems to be even more complicated with Warner Bros. Their most famous character, Bugs Bunny, has some clear anthropomorphic traits. He speaks English (with a New York accent, at … Continue reading

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Pot Maze

Pan’s Labyrinth – Basically, the plot of this one is that, in fascist Spain, a widow marries a nasty captain who enjoys killing and torturing people, and brings her ten-year-old daughter Ofelia to his estate with her. She imagines that … Continue reading

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Mombi Dearest

When studying the history of Oz, you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across Mombi, the wicked witch who successfully captured three successive generations of the Ozian royal family. She first shows up in The Marvelous Land of Oz as someone … Continue reading

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Post No Bilbo

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Unexpected? We’ve seen expecting this for years! Anyway, I finally saw this movie last night, and I thought it was really good overall. It looked excellent and pulled me into its world, which for … Continue reading

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Going Down in Cartoon History

Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age, by Michael Barrier – This book looks at the history of animation from its early days up through the sixties, when cartoon studios were focusing more on television than on theatrical releases. … Continue reading

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The Family That Eats Spinach Together

While Popeye was originally introduced as an orphan, creator Elzie Segar eventually gave him a living father. From what I’ve read, part of his motivation for creating Poopdeck Pappy was that, as Popeye became the hero of the Thimble Theatre … Continue reading

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